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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %HELLO INTIMATE THOU ACKNOWLEDGE PRESENCE SPIRIT 911002 To say hello in an intimate I-Thou relationship is to acknowledge the spiritual presence of another person in a way which goes beyond objectivity and manipulations. The way in which such an acknowledgment is made may involve an objective action, but it is not just an objective action; the way involves a spiritual presence which transcends any objective act or object. The spiritual presence is not to be found in any combination of, or relationships among, purely objective realities. Thus an objective analysis will not lead the way to any spiritual presence which might be present. Many people feel compelled to deny any spiritual presence, out of fear of the loss of their pretense of control; a pretense which is of ultimate value to them. Many people cannot truly say hello in any intimate I- Thou relationship which is open and honest. They react to each other's manipulations with reciprocal manipulations which entail games of mutual self deception. They are the servants of their collusive games of mutual self deception. They create, maintain, and serve their games of mutual self deception as idols which to them are of ultimate importance. In their idolatrous way of life they cannot truly acknowledge the spiritual presence of another person, for to do so would entail the risk of exposing the dishonest foundations of their being. They cannot be personally present in their times of personal need. Technocrats seek to compensate for their inability to be personally present to each other through dishonest technological manipulations which are depersonalizing and resource exhaustive; and so are disintegrative of persons, communities and environments. In their frustrations their manipulations become disintegratively violent. They are unable to resolve conflicts honestly because honest resolutions would entail truly acknowledging the presence of other persons as person, and expose their collusions; exposure which they ultimately fear. Technocrats seek to avoid vulnerability, exposure, and loss of control; so they seek to avoid honesty, personal intimacy and acknowledgment of personal presence. To technocrats the dilemmas of daily life are technical problems to be solved through various kinds of manipulation of: objects, people as objects, perceptions, appearances, relationships, and truths. All realities are regarded as objects to be manipulated; or as raw material to be turned into objects/relationships which can be manipulated. Technocracy is a way of perceiving, being, and relating; which is essentially dishonest and manipulative. The recovery from technocracy is much like the recovery from alcoholism, addiction and codependency; for each entails the recovery of honesty, intimacy and the true acknowledgement of personal presence in the presence of the spirit which transcends objects, objective relationships, objective analysis and objective knowledge. To deny such presence is to block recovery. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================